UCLA Gets Commitment from Linebacker

Xavier Burgess, a linebacker prospect from Sacramento who college coaches have been jumping on this spring and summer, got it over with early by committing to UCLA on Tuesday...

Xavier Burgess, 6-2 ½, 220, 4.6, Sacramento (Calif.) Grant, verbally committed to UCLA Tuesday, choosing the Bruins over Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Cal and Ilinois.

When asked how his recruitment was going, Burgess said, "Really well. I just called UCLA today and verbally committed."

Burgess said there were plenty of factors that made him commit early. "I really like the UCLA football tradition. It's a winning program, with good coaches. The academics are excellent. The UC system is great. I've been a UCLA fan for a long time. So I had to go with it."

Burgess might not be one of the more hyped linebacker prospects on the west coast and it could be for a few reasons. Last season he was over an inch shorter and about 15 pounds lighter. "I've grown at least an inch since the season and now weight 220. The doctors have said I should grow some more, too." Burgess also wasn't showcased much at Grant since he mostly played defensive end last year. "The position was defensive end, but like an outside linebacker. Since I'm bigger and pretty fast, I'll definitely play linebacker this season. Coach Toledo told me that he sees me playing any of the three linebacker positions at UCLA."

And when he gets to UCLA, Burgess said he's going to be all business. "I want to be able to come in and play as a freshman, so I'm going to work really hard to do that," he said. Burgess has also worked pretty hard academically, maintaining a 3.0 GPA and having scored 990 on his SAT.

Wanting to study computer engineering or computer science in college, Burgess reiterated how UCLA was a great fit for him. "It's great in academics, and for what I want to major in. It's great in football. So, I'm just really excited."

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